There are times in your life where you need a break. And when you do, what holiday would you opt for? Mum and I are very keen on adventure, so we decided to head up to KL and Bangkok by train.
The only train that runs from JB Central to Kuala Lumpur is the KTM Intercity. We booked a first class sleeper cabin on the 11.55pm train, which includes a cabin with two berths (top and bottom) with an ensuite bathroom. The cost of purchasing a ticket from JB is RM135.00, which is a LOT cheaper than starting at Woodlands, so save some money and hop over to Malaysian soil before buying your ticket.
Why first class? you may ask. Well, for the experience primarily and also the price isn’t exorbitant. I would probably opt for the 2nd class sleeper in future. I believe the berths aren’t as private ours were on this leg of our journey and you might have ambient snoring noises to contend with!
Nothing much is open at this time of the night, so I suggest you have dinner / supper beforehand. There were still some food stalls open when we arrived in JB Central at 10.30pm, but I wouldn’t say you have much variety.
The journey was a smooth one. I got to get used to the rocking motion of the train as it traveled. Depending on your tendency to get sick on moving vehicles, it might be a deal breaker for you. I was fine with it as the rocking motion lulled me to sleep (not that I needed any help). I did wake up intermittently as the train reached certain stations or when there were some noises nearby (e.g. Mum using the loo). Otherwise, it was a pleasant journey and I felt reasonably well-rested.
I braved a cold shower the next morning, which woke me up real quick. Water pressure was good and the shower space wasn’t cramped in the least. Managing to freshen up in the privacy of a cabin was a huge perk for me.
If you haven’t hopped on the train before, give it a shot. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!